Weekends Reports V Guildford

Monday 07 August 2017


Western Suburbs were mathematically eliminated from Sydney Shield finals contention at McCredie Oval, but not before Guildford endured one of the most physical games of 2017 in prevailing 22-6.

Six penalties and some panicky attacking football from Guildford along with a poor kicking from Wests saw the first 20 minutes of the game reach no great heights, Tyrone Shelley settling things down for the home side with a dummy half burrow almost immediately upon the clock ticking over into the match’s second quarter for the only scoring play of the opening forty minutes.

While the first points of the opening stanza took a while to arrive, the opening points of the second half came about after just five minutes as Wests failed to number up on their left side, Guildford poking their noses through to send Tyrone Shelley in for his second.

Todd McKeown’s halftime address must have included a reference to a much calmer and more patient style of football because the Owls’ third try was a simple right-side shift with Caleb Hunt simply tucking the ball under his arm and beating the cover defence, Wests registering their first points of the afternoon just shy of the hour mark as Bryce Shaw (pictured) bustled and barged his way over to bring the deficit back to an even ten.

The match was finely poised heading into the championship round of the final quarter, but Wests were unable to stay with the Owls as Austin Dias burst clear off a delightfully timed hip ball to push Guildford’s advantage back to the 16 points of earlier, the Owls holding on to put Wests’ faint finals hopes to rest.

GUILDFORD 22 (Tyrone Shelley 2, Caleb Hunt, Austin Dias tries; Todd Sapienza 2 from 3, David Oxley 1 from 1) defeated WESTERN SUBURBS 6 (Bryce Shaw try; Jamin Williams 1 from 1)

Penalties: Wests 12 Guildford 5

Halftime: Wests 0 Guildford 4


3. Nathan Tui
5. Jerome Mose
2. Joseph Kaufusitua
4. Charlton Schaafhausen
15. Junior Mapesone
13. Ben Powers
1. Jamin Williams
21. Chris Coleman
18. Gerald Reyes
11. Jason Tuuala
14. Licas Castle
12. Jack Mitchell
20. Temata Rangi

8. Bryce Shaw
10. Hans Ta’ala
16. TJ Carter
24. Ryan Cane


1. Cameron Eyles
20. David Oxley
21. Jeremy King
4. Cajun Alaalatoa
17. Abel Shirley
26. Tangiere Hokai
7. Todd Sapienza
28. Caleb Hunt
9. Tyrone Shelley
22. Peni Fainu
24. Robert Wharewera
12. Matthew Rickard
16. Austin Dias

14. Julian King
23. Jye Challenor
29. Caleb Kasiano
30. Shaquille Moubayed


Only other results prevented Guildford ending Wests’ RMC season as the Owls put eight tries past the Magpies in a 46-16 hammering.

The wind played havoc with both sides as plenty of high kicks went to ground but it was Wests who were made to pay the ultimate price first after 16 minutes as a left shift from Guildford allowed Nick Okladnikov to step inside the cover defence and go over untouched to open the home side’s account.

Guildford added to their early advantage after Wests were deemed to have touched a last tackle kick through as Josh Camroux burst through some questionable defence directly off the scrum win, Nick Okladnikov going over for his second on a last tackle running play as Wests’ markers split like the Red Sea.

As both coaches were making notes for their halftime speeches Wests burst clear with Tom Morrison and Blake Goodman combining to make 60 metres in one play, the siren sounding in the background as a Brendan Waters grubber kick pinballed around in the in-goal with Tala Mapesone first to the ball, the Magpies reducing the deficit to 12 at the interval.

Guildford were first to post points on the second half through a penalty goal to Josh Camroux aftewr Luke Williams was pinned for a late tackle on the last, Lazarus Brown touching down in the 49th minute for the home side after a Wests knock-on was upgraded to a penalty courtesy of some animated disagreement with Keiron Irons’ decision.

Guildford sealed the win with 24 minutes remaining as a clean break through the meat of the Wests ruck ended with some hot potato football in the hands of Nathan Masina, Nick Okladnikov going in for his third from the restart via a left side break on the last tackle.

The game reached a stalemate with neither side showing much by way of attacking enterprise, but a bust through the middle by Kurt Atkinson spurred some enterprising football with Pio Sokobalavu touching down under the uprights, Blake Goodman scoring from the restart to make the game interesting again with ten minutes on the clock.

Wests had two opportunities to make a grandstand finish of the game in the final ten minutes but a forward pass and knock-on cruelled their chances, Eden Syme posting an insurance marker for Guildford with six minutes remaining to snuff out any chance of a Magpies revivial.

The home side weren’t finished putting the Magpies to the sword though as Lazarus Brown strolled over in the 79th minute to round out a convincing display from Guildford.

GUILDFORD 46 (Nick Okladnikov 3, Lazarus Brown 2, Josh Camroux, Nathan Masina, Eden Syme tries; Josh Camroux 7 from 9) defeated WESTERN SUBURBS 16 (Tala Mapesone, Pio Sokobalavu, Blake Goodman tries; Veiru Mapesone 2 from 3)

Penalties: Wests 1 Guildford 7

Halftime: Wests 4 Guildford 16


19. Tom Capper
18. Kelsey Coakes
3. Veiru Mapesone
4. Josh Davis
5. Tala Mapesone
6. Blake Goodman
7. Brendan Waters
8. Darcy Cox
9. Luke Williams
10. Pio Sokobalavu
12. Josiah Tamasi
13. Tom Morrison
17. Jaleel Seve

11. Kurt Atkinson
14. Eddie Vatuvei
21. Kilifi Tia Kilifi
23. Hala Masila


1. Shane Hunt
2. Nick Okladnikov
3. Josh Camroux
24. Harmony Hunt
5. Jayden Wheelhouse
14. Nathan Masima
7. Lazarus Brown
8. Dylan McKeown
9. Daniel Vasek
10. Eden Syme
22. Mitch Achurch
12. Matthew Ryan
23. Jarred Farlow

6. Jaydn Field
17. Chris Saab
28. Dominic Timoteo
29. Joseph Gardiner

Weekends Reports V Guildford

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